Take a moment, if you will, to listen to this. It’s a young woman – 13 years old – playing a trumpet solo before a packed audience. The piece is – what’s a good adjective? Grand? Wonderful? Haunting? Beautiful?
Listening to it, taking the time to relax for five minutes and just listen, one thinks of the true glory of our culture and civilization. Nowhere else outside Europe has this – could this have – happened. We treasure music, what it says, what it communicates, how it sounds. It is both an entertainment and a cultural voice of what we have, our history.
Those who don’t get this, who don’t understand the power, the grace of this simply are ignorant of much of the true meaning – and beauty – of life, as are those who censor this magic.
And it’s not just the music, but the parenting that can give the world this kind of young woman – the education that can give us the audience to not only listen, but to hear and appreciate the voice of this girl, expressed through her trumpet; the work and time she has spent not only mastering the instrument – but the music, this piece, herself – to give this experience to others.
One listens and images run-through the mind: Europe, the Renaissance, The Reformation, the wars to defend Western Civilization, the rise and fall of various European powers over time as the people – men and women – fought for their right to express themselves as they desired – the right to give the world this magic; their magic. The right to assemble as they desire. The right to peace and freedom and liberty. The right to live – and to express oneself – freely.
This can’t happen anywhere else; it never has and it never will. This music comes only from free peoples allowed to express themselves in their own ways. It does not come from totalitarian nations or cultures. That, alone, ought to be enough to put an end to “multiculturalism,” to recognize that our culture truly is magnificent, and that no other can come close to competing with it. To even have the thought enter the mind that cultures that ban music, ban women in public, ban community gatherings of this type – men, women, children enjoying and appreciating together the seemingly effortless wonder of this girl, this music, this orchestra, our culture – is existential folly. It is absurd.
There’s an interesting book, The Future of the European Past. What will it be? This young woman and her audience? Or the dustbin of history? For that is what we are fighting for in the West. That is what non-Western cultures – and the “multiculturalists” enabling the rise of anti-Europeanism – desire to destroy.
There are those who will complain that I am taking the effort of a young woman playing a piece of music and turning it into a political statement. That is correct. Life IS a political statement. Freedom is a political statement: This woman, this music, this audience, this performance, and the history that provides them – could never happen in any other culture. The FACT of this music IS a statement that OUR political and religious culture not only allow this, they encourage it. Many in the West either don’t understand, or fail to appreciate, this fact.
One culture, one civilization, one people has given and can continue to give the world this experience – the freedom to perform, the freedom to enjoy, the freedom for all citizens to participate in that performance and enjoyment. THAT is what we are fighting for.
And one ignorant generation can destroy it.
Both are the West.
Fascinating isn’t it?